Vortreffliche Frauen

Author: Barbara Pym
Publisher: Dumont Buchverlag
ISBN: 3832184511
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London in den späten 40er-Jahren: Hier gilt eine ledige Frau über dreißig schon als alte Jungfer. Mildred Lathbury, eine solche etwas farblose Dame ohne feste Bindungen, ist als Pfarrerstochter aufgewachsen, arbeitet für eine Hilfsorganisation und engagiert sich in der Kirchengemeinde. Alles verläuft in ruhigen Bahnen, bis neue Nachbarn einziehen: eine attraktive Anthropologin und ein charmanter Marineoffizier. Dieses Paar stellt Mildreds Leben auf den Kopf. Nicht nur ist man dem Alkohol zugeneigt, es werden Dinge beim Namen genannt, die eine Lady lieber verschweigt; vor allem aber wird Mildred wiederholt in Ehezwiste hineingezogen. Als sich schließlich der Pfarrer in ein neues Gemeindemitglied verliebt und Mildred um Hilfe bittet, wird es ihr zu viel. Mit einem Mal entdeckt die stets nützliche Mildred ihre eigenen Bedürfnisse und hat am Ende tatsächlich die Wahl zwischen zwei Männern. Legt sie als treusorgende Gattin des Wissenschaftlers fortan Sachverzeichnisse an, entscheidet sie sich für den Pfarrer oder verzichtet sie gar auf beide? Mit subtilem Witz und scharfer Beobachtungsgabe erzählt Barbara Pym die Geschichte einer alleinstehenden Dame im England der 40er-Jahre und erweist sich dabei als glänzende Stilistin.

Excellent Women

Author: Barbara Pym
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 9780143104872
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A subtle comedy about life and its complications chronicles the experiences of spinster Mildred Lathbury, who tends to become involved in other people's affairs, set in England during the 1950s. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

The Book Of Friendship

Author: Josie Barnard
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0748119523
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A fascinating study of friendship, looking first at friendships in childhood and the challenge of maintaining them as adults. Barnard skilfully explores different types of friendships, from the personal to the social, and discusses the extent to which they create and are created by the societies within which they exist. 'As a child I found friendships alluring and confusing, even frightening. What would it be like to have someone you could trust like that? My upbringing was socially and demographically isolated. I couldn't 'do' friendships. I was sombre and bespectacled. To my delight, at infant school, a girl called Dawn invited me back for tea. The return invitation saw Dawn in our dilapidated house, choking on a bay leaf because she had been too embarrassed to ask why there was a leaf in her food and had tried to swallow it. That was the end of that alliance, and perhaps the start of my interest in trying to work out this elusive, potent thing called friendship

The Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Fiction

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Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1405192445
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This Encyclopedia is an indispensible reference guide to twentieth-century fiction in the English-language. With nearly 500 contributors and over 1 million words, it is the most comprehensive and authoritative reference guide to twentieth-century fiction in the English language. Contains over 500 entries of 1000-3000 words written in lucid, jargon-free prose, by an international cast of leading scholars Arranged in 3 volumes covering British and Irish Fiction, American Fiction, and World Fiction, with each volume edited by a leading scholar in the field Entries cover major writers (such as Saul Bellow, Raymond Chandler, John Steinbeck, Virginia Woolf, A.S Byatt, Samual Beckett, D.H. Lawrence, Zadie Smith, Salman Rushdie, V.S. Naipaul, Nadine Gordimer, Alice Munro, Chinua Achebe, J.M. Coetzee, and Ngūgī Wa Thiong’o) and their key works Covers the genres and sub-genres of fiction in English across the twentieth century (including crime fiction, sci fi, chick lit, the noir novel, and the avante garde novel) as well as the major movements, debates, and rubrics within the field (censorship, globalization, modernist fiction, fiction and the film industry, and the fiction of migration, Diaspora, and exile)

Die Rache der reifen Frau

Author: Elizabeth Buchan
Publisher:
ISBN: 9783203758756
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Als die 47-jährige Rose, Feuilletonchefin einer Londoner Zeitung, erfährt, dass ihr Mann ein Verhältnis mit ihrer jungen Redaktionsassistentin Minty hat und mit ihr eine Familie gründen will, droht ihr Leben aus den Fugen zu geraten. - Roman um eine Frau, die nach einigen persönlichen Tragödien wieder zu sich selbst findet.

On Liberty and the Subjection of Women

Author: John Stuart Mill
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141945613
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A prodigiously brilliant thinker who sharply challenged the beliefs of his age, the political and social radical John Stuart Mill was the most influential English-speaking philosopher of the nineteenth century. Regarded as one of the sacred texts of liberalism, his great work On Liberty argues lucidly that any democracy risks becoming a 'tyranny of opinion' in which minority views are suppressed if they do not conform with those of the majority. Written in the same period as On Liberty, shortly after the death of Mill's beloved wife and fellow-thinker Harriet, The Subjection of Women stresses the importance of equality for the sexes. Together, the works provide a fascinating testimony to the hopes and anxieties of mid-Victorian England, and offer a compelling consideration of what it truly means to be free.

Persuasion

Author: Jane Austen
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101535288
Format: PDF
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Jane Austen’s last completed novel, Persuasion is a delightful social satire of England’s landed gentry and a moving tale of lovers separated by class distinctions. After years apart, unmarried Anne Elliot, the heroine Jane Austen called “almost too good for me,” encounters the dashing naval officer others persuaded her to reject, as he now courts the rash and younger Louisa Musgrove. Superbly drawn, these characters and those of Anne’s prideful father, Sir Walter, the scheming Mrs. Clay, and the duplicitous William Elliot, heir to Kellynch Hall, become luminously alive—so much so that the poet Tennyson, visiting historic Lyme Regis, where a pivotal scene occurs, exclaimed: “Don’t talk to me of the Duke of Monmouth. Show me the exact spot where Louisa Musgrove fell!” Tender, almost grave, Persuasion offers a glimpse into Jane Austen’s own heart while it magnificently displays the full maturity of her literary power.

Heart of Darkness

Author: Joseph Conrad
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101613688
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In a novella which remains highly controversial to this day, Conrad explores the relations between Africa and Europe. On the surface, this is a horrifying tale of colonial exploitation. The narrator, Marlowe journeys on business deep into the heart of Africa. But there he encounters Kurtz, an idealist apparently crazed and depraved by his power over the natives, and the meeting prompts Marlowe to reflect on the darkness at the heart of all men. This short but complex and often ambiguous story, which has been the basis of several films and plays, continues to provoke interpretation and discussion. Heart of Darkness grew out of a journey Joseph Conrad took up the Congo River; the verisimilitude that the great novelist thereby brought to his most famous tale everywhere enhances its dense and shattering power. Apparently a sailor’s yarn, it is in fact a grim parody of the adventure story, in which the narrator, Marlow, travels deep into the heart of the Congo where he encounters the crazed idealist Kurtz and discovers that the relative values of the civilized and the primitive are not what they seem. Heart of Darkness is a model of economic storytelling, an indictment of the inner and outer turmoil caused by the European imperial misadventure, and a piercing account of the fragility of the human soul. (Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

The Complete Novels

Author: Jane Austen
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781440649363
Format: PDF
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Now in Penguin Classics Deluxe: a treasure trove of Jane Austen's novels Few novelists have conveyed the subtleties and nuances of their own social milieu with the wit and insight of Jane Austen. Here in one volume are her seven great novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Lady Susan. Through her vivacious and spirited heroines and their circle, Austen vividly portrays English middle-class life as the eighteenth century came to a close and the nineteenth century began. Each of the novels is a love story and a story about marriage—marriage for love, for financial security, for social status. But they are not romances; ironic, comic, and wise, they are masterly evocations of the society Jane Austen observed. This beautiful volume covers the literary career of one of England’s finest prose stylists of any century. • A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition with French flaps and luxurious packaging • Features the definitive Penguin Classics texts recommended by the Jane Austen Society • New introduction by bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club Karen Joy Fowler For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Hats

Author: Clair Hughes
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 0857851608
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Although a hat may be designed for the purpose of practicality or aesthetics, it is part of a complex interplay of wider cultural meanings. Throughout history hats have played a significant role in expressing and revealing notions of class, gender, authority, fashion and etiquette. By examining the consumption and production of hats from the 18th century to the present day, this book explores their significance as markers of social and cultural change. Taking a thematic approach, Clair Hughes charts how headgear during the modern era has been shaped by status, gender and necessity. Using case studies such as the bowler hat, which has moved up and down classes and professions, Hughes reveals that although a hat might seem bound to its status and context, it is as susceptible to subversion and reinvention as the society which creates it. From the transition of pilots' helmets from practical headgear to fashion items, to the Slouch hat and the baseball cap, hats have responded to cultural or political movements, often becoming conscious displays of identity and social allegiance. Drawing from material and historical research as well as depictions in art, literature and film, Hughes provides a fascinating insight into hats as a visible performance of social values and culture.